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Is a Leap of Faith a Rite of Passage for True Bliss?

Lissa Rankin's picture

When I was invited to be on View From the Bay, a San Francisco talk show, they want me to talk about how life’s too short not to take risks. (We didn't actually get around to talking about that, but that's a whole other blog post!) Turns out I’m an expert at taking leaps of faith, with all the Pleaping (pink leap of faithing) I’ve done in the past four years. So really, I know what I’m talking about.

What do I mean? Well, it all started when I quit my fancy six-figure full time doctor job to write books and be an artist. My hard-working husband doesn’t bring home an income, and we had no money in the bank. So my decision to quit my job in search of inner peace and more joy was a huge deal. To finance this risk, we sold our house.

Then I launched Owning Pink, which required taking out a really big loan so I could pay Pinkies to help me run it. And now, we’re re-launching the website and shaking up Owning Pink in a whole new way, which has required that I liquidate my retirement account to avoid selling out to the venture capitalists who would pay my bills- but at the price of my freedom.

Why am I doing this? Because I believe in what I’m doing so much that I’m willing to risk it ALL for my passion.

I’m not alone

I’m not alone in taking Pleaps for the sake of Owning Pink. When I asked Joy to come on board as Owning Pink’s editor a year ago, she had a fancy, stable job at UC-Berkeley and a hefty mortgage for the house she owns with her partner that depended upon her income. My meager offer would do nothing to pay her bills. But Joy pleaped with me, with her partner’s support (bless his heart!).

Megan has pleaped too. She left her home, her boyfriend, and all of her belongings in Texas to forge her way into the world on the Magical Eyes Tour in the name of spreading love and joy in her wake.

And my husband, Matt, has risked everything with me, all in service to the dream. Every day is a renewed commitment to helping heal the world (no biggie).

Dana is Pleaping too, throwing herself into bringing Owning Pink to the next level because she believes in what we're doing here…

It’s as if the Universe is testing us.

It seems that Pleaping is a rite of passage for those on the Owning Pink team, as if we have to truly stand on the precipice and cross the pink threshold in order to fly together. Reminds me of the following the bird poem I love. It’s as if we must demonstrate that we’re truly, completely, 100% in.

Which means I’m either a trailblazer or a cautionary tale who will be filing for bankruptcy in a few years. But I don’t think it will be the latter. All signs point towards amplification of the vision, achieving the mission, and flying.

How have we had the guts to Pleap?

It hasn’t been easy. The fear that accompanies Pleaping can be paralyzing. My entire life I have played it safe- almost always choosing security over risk. I never gambled. Never played the stock market. Never went skydiving. Never skied anything more than an intermediate run. Never went out without sunscreen. Never cheated on my taxes.

And then, suddenly, in the wake of my Perfect Storm (giving birth, having my brother wind up in liver failure, losing my dog, and watching my father die, all within two weeks), I am jumping off cliffs like I’m a pro. Trust me, there are those who love me who think I’m nuts. And yet, here I am, Pleaping still.

Will it pay off? It already has. I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. And for the first time in my life, I can honestly that if I knew I was going to die in a year, I’d keep right on doing exactly what I’m doing. I am living the life of my dreams. I am blessed to be of service in the world. I’m living a mostly balanced life filled with creativity, spirituality, family, friends, fun, and work that feels like play. I’m serving my calling, following my life purpose, and having a blast. In truth, I’d do it all over again. I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long to really start living.

What about you, Pinkies? Are you playing it safe? Is there a risk you’re afraid to take? Do you think I’m nuts for Pleaping? Do you wish you had the guts to do it yourself?

Take my hand. We can Pleap together. Wheee!!!!!

Pleaping still,



Danielle Vieth's picture

Lissa- Thank you for


Thank you for pleaping and showing us all how it's done! Thanks for offering your hand to the rest of us too. My pleaps have seemed like pleaps at the time to others (like moving to London without knowing a soul over there, quitting a job without a plan) but to me they felt almost safer than not doing those things. To not do them felt like a scarier option. They were a bit a stretch but still comfortable for me. Maybe my next pleap will be a different flavor than those in the past. Who knows?

Waiting and becoming,

Danielle xoxo

Jill's picture

Love this! Way to go and I'm

Love this! Way to go and I'm so glad to see and hear how it's working for you. You truly are one who believes in the beauty of your dreams, so the future is all yours!!

Many thanks for leading the way!

Dana Theus's picture

Stacey There are so many


There are so many ways to pleap, and they don't all look the same. Lissa and I have had many discussions about what a pleap looks like and - just like everything else - it looks different to each person's path. From what you say, it seems to me you're pleaping big time as is.

If it feels risky and fear-facing and exhilarating and stretches you, tests you and holds in its heart the vision of that better world you not only yearn for but are willing to work for and risk for - it's a pleap.

I'm with Lissa - we're still in the "risky" stage of Owning Pink and many of our other endeavors individually, because they are early in their creation and are still forming, but the die is cast and I wouldn't change a thing about my life and the direction it's taking. When you're happy and wouldn't change anything, that's a positive sign for sure.

Love, Light and Pleaps ~Dana

Stacey's picture

Hi Lissa! I love this post

Hi Lissa!

I love this post and your "take my hand" message at the end brought tears to my eyes!

I, too, have a hard-working husband who doesn't make money and we rely on my income as a nurse-midwife to support our family. We've liquidated $20K of savings in service to my dream for Midwife for Your Life.

Sometimes I think of what could have happened with that money (a Prius, several trips to Italy, more "security") had I not invested in my business (and me!), and I *know* that our decision brought SO much more joy than any other could have.

We have *not* sold our home, taken out a huge loan, or tapped our retirement, though. When I get to that point, I really will need you to hold my hand! :-) In the meantime, I am inspired daily by you and all the other Pinkies out there to use joy as my compass!

Thanks again for this lovely and inspiring post! Much love, Stacey

Donna's picture

The Pleaps you are making are

The Pleaps you are making are wonderful! I'm sure everyone who had a idea and acted on it at one point was considered crazy, but when the idea took off they were called genius! I think that's you. While I have several small pleaps of my own they've not been so big because I've almost been scared to do it. But you give me inspiration to want to make those bigger pleaps and see what I can do with them.

Feeling very thankful, Donna

Simone da Rosa's picture

I love the timing of your

I love the timing of your post. Pleaping and its flavors are perpetually a quest for the best of us. These market conditions have only given a reason for many of us to shrink inward "protectively" even more. I'm loving reading about your journey of putting the faith (in yourself most of all!) in Pleap. You've generated much energy of support for yourself and dream. And THAT is amazing and true magic. Keep going!

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